Good day fellow bookworms. How are we feeling on this charmed Tuesday??
My day has been pretty uneventful. Online school and far too much time on Pinterest, ya know, the norm. Toss in some showtunes and a dabble of fanfic reading and that would basically sum it up.
Since I’ve yet to claw my way out of the fiery pits of my current reading slump, we are going to be venturing to the great depths that is my draft folder for this review. I have enough drafts to fuel me into the next apocalypse, so at least reading no new books can help me clear out that folder.
Book: People Like Us
Author: Dana Mele
Published February 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
death, bullying, suicide
- Riddles, because ~drama~ Ooh riddles. The riddles and such were such an interesting way to build suspense and create drama. When I read mysteries, I liked to make them my entire personality for a solid week, so the riddles really allowed me dive right in and try to crack things myself. However, I wish the revenge blog storyline hadn’t been neglected. Towards the beginning, it was very do-or-die, but then they just… forget about it half way through??? So there are no consequences to not following?? Ok then…
- The sheer amount of drama is 10/10 entertaining. Even if the main murder plot line itself was predictable, there was a whole lot of other stuff going on that made People Like Us a wildly entertaining read. From friend drama, to family secrets I had so many questions and wanted to read more more more.
- I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than Kay’s poor life choices. The main character, Kay, is a mean girl. It made it very difficult to feel bad for her when she straight up Regina George-ed everyone and then felt absolutely no guilt about any of it. The way she justified everything in her mind by saying oh, well they deserved it or it’s about time some one told them— like no. No ma’am, we do not like the unsolicited hate on everyone. Kindly chill your biscuit and shut up please and thank you.
- Playing never have I ever is not an effective way to solve a murder. Come on guys, seriously?? Honestly, what speaks most about this scene is the fact that Kay is absolutely TRASH at solving murder. And the fact that Kay was trying to prove her innocence the whole time but made herself look guiltier and guiltier by meddling. Back off, and stop looking so guilty Kay.
- Motive? What’s that? It was fairly easy to guess the murderer (during the buddy read with @booksofmagicandmystery, we guessed after chapter 8 or so), but the motive was so surface level. The I-was-bullied-and-now-I-want-to kill-the-mean-girl-plot going on here and I’m not here for it. I wish there could have been something more, something that didn’t meet the eye immediately.
I generally enjoyed reading this book! There were definitely some moments that dragged, but being able to discuss them made the whole book go by super fast! If you enjoy morally grey characters, a whole lot of drama, and boarding school settings, then People Like Us might be for you!
Do you enjoy lot’s of drama when you read mysteries, or would you rather focus on the murder?? Have you read people like us?? What did you think??